Friday, 19 February 2010

Chicken and Sweet Onion Sandwiches with Mixed Greens Salad


This marks the last meal in this meal planner! I'm so impressed that we went all week without going out for dinner or taking the easy way out and just heating something up out of the freezer. We have a new meal planner and I think we're going to do it again, but I was thinking that maybe we would wait until next Thursday or Friday to start it and just coast for a few days.

Serves: 4 Prep: 10 min Cook: 45 min

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 onions, thinly sliced
salt and pepper
1 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs
4 kaiser rolls, split and toasted (we used cheese buns because they're exponentially better than just plain kaiser rolls)
Grated peel of 1/2 lemon plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice
6 cups mixed greens (about 5 ounces)

1. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat.
2. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and caramelized, about 30 minutes; transfer to a bowl
3. Pour the chicken broth into the pan, scraping up the browned bits, then pour into a measuring cup (this part seemed weird to me, but I just went with it)
4. Using the same skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, add to the skillet and cook, turning once, until cooked through and golden, about 8 minutes; transfer to a plate
5. Pour in the reserved chicken broth mixture and cook until reduced by half, about 3 minutes
6. Divide the onions among the toasted roll bottoms, then top with the chicken.
7. Dip the cut side of the roll tops into the skillet, then set on top of the chicken
8. In a serving bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and the lemon peel and juice; season with salt and pepper. Add the mixed greens and toss; serve with the sandwiches.

We checked the recipe pretty closely to make sure that we didn't miss the instruction to cover the whole thing with cheese, but apparently Rachael didn't want us to do that. I didn't miss the cheese too much, but everything is better with an excessive amount of cheese melted over it.

I was a little leery of the whole dipping the top of the bun in the juice part, but it ended up turning out really nicely. It kept the whole sandwich really nice and moist and hot. It actually reminded me of that episode of Friends when Monica is explaining her amazing Thanksgiving-leftover sandwiches that she makes, which features "the moistmaker" - a slice of bread soaked in gravy in the middle of the sandwich. No, I do not watch too much TV.

Also, an official Nonsense blog retraction must be made - I misquoted Jagger when he said that "Rachael is the boss". What he actually said was, "Rachael is in charge". I have no idea how I could have made such a mistake, but there it is.

Happy weekend everyone! I've got Olympic action to watch!

2 comments:

Your Friendly Neighborhood Palindrome said...

Your posts keep making me hungry.

BTW, I left something for you on my blog.

ashlie said...

I saw that, Palindrome! You're so sweet! I will definitely be passing it along - I've been trying to think up my 10 things!